Will Smith's 'After Earth' Moves Up a Week, Distances Itself From 'Man of Steel'

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"After Earth"

M. Night Shyamalan directed the sci-fi epic, which stars Smith opposite his son Jaden Smith.

Creating more distance from the Superman pic Man of Steel, Sony is moving up the release of the Will Smith sci-fi tentpole After Earth from June 7 to May 31.

M. Night Shyamalan directed the movie, which stars Smith opposite his son Jaden Smith. The two play father and son, who crash-land on Earth years after the planet has been destroyed.

After Earth now will have two weeks of play, instead of one, before Warner Bros. rolls out Man of Steel on June 14.

In its old slot, After Earth would have opened opposite Shawn Levy's broad comedy The Internship, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. The Fox film now has the June 7 to 9 weekend to itself.

As for After Earth, it now opens opposite Universal's thriller The Purge and Lionsgate's Now You See Me, also a thriller.